Lupus disease - definition, causes, symptoms and treatment

How your lupus diet is either working for or against you

How your lupus diet is either working for or against you

Lupus is an inflammatory disease that can be the result of a number of factors. One of the most common and important factors is stress on the body due to lifestyle. Since this is an area we have full control over (should we choose it), it is something that we can use in our fight against disease, such as lupus. Low-level, chronic inflammation due to stress is linked with many serious illnesses, including lupus, fibromyalgia, osteoporosis, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, Alzheimer's, even depression and mood disorders.

Speaking from personal experience, my lupus diagnosis was a consequence of very high, chronic levels of stress over approximately a year. I knew my body was running on empty for some time, and finally one day I felt it 'break'. Although I didn't know what the 'label' was for what just happened, I knew my symptoms of extreme chronic fatigue, muscle pain, aching joints, fever and rash were the consequence of not heeding the warning signs sooner.

In my search to find my way back to health, while consciously ignoring the 'incurable' status out of desperation to get my life back, I took on the challenge to 'heal the root cause' of my lupus. I did. I'm happy to say I don't have lupus anymore.

Lupus and Inflammatory Foods

The following is a list of foods which are 'inflammatory'. Because lupus is an inflammatory condition, you must be consciously working toward an 'anti-inflammatory' lifestyle.

Inflammatory foods that you must avoid if you have lupus:
  1. Processed foods
  2. Trans fats (shortening, hydrogenated oils)
  3. Polyunsaturated vegetable oils - (including corn, safflower, canola, sunflower and soy - excluding fish and flaxseed oil)
  4. Saturated animal fat
  5. High fatty animal meats
  6. Processed and smoked meats - (such as hot dogs, sausages, and lunch meats)
  7. Dairy and eggs
  8. Sugar
  9. Refined carbohydrates and starches
  10. Gluten - wheat and other grains (rye, barley, and spelt)
  11. Junk food
  12. Fast food restaurants (fried foods, or baked with trans fats from shortening, margarine, lard or partially hydrogenated oil)
  13. Salt
  14. Nightshade vegetables
  15. Alfalfa Sprouts - (have a high L-canavanine content, causing potential inflammation)
  16. Caffeine - (chocolate, coffee, caffeinated tea)
  17. Artificial sweeteners
  18. Alcohol
  19. Sodas
Food Allergies and Sensitivities - Find What Works for You

Other factors to consider include food allergies and sensitivities. You may have noticed that certain foods instantly 'drain' you of energy. To this day when I eat a bowl of chicken teriyaki with white rice or have a glass of soda (a big no no!) my energy instantly drops. Paying attention to how your body responds to your foods is vital.

Below are a list of the most common foods that trigger allergies or food sensitivities:
  • Fish
  • Shellfish
  • Soy
  • Wheat
  • Tree nuts (such as walnuts, cashews, and pistachios)
  • Peanuts
  • Milk
  • Eggs
Healing Through Nutrition - With Easy to Digest, Nutritious Meals

If you are managing an autoimmune disorder such as lupus, an easy to digest meal with natural, organic whole foods is optimal. By consuming such a Diet for Lupus you are freeing up important energy for your body to be able to focus on repair and healing work.

"The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet and in the cause and prevention of disease."Thomas Edison

When you're dealing with extreme fatigue, as most do with lupus, you squander your vital energy by making your body work extra hard at digesting your food, compared to harnessing that energy for more important things that will directly affect how you feel and your energy levels. Consider the work required of the body between having a nutritious, tasty bowl of soup or salad versus trying to digest a burger, fries or pizza once you read the following information below.

To learn more about how to cope with food sensitivities, what diet for lupus is best, and how to work toward regaining your health please visit the site listed below for a free email consultation. Wishing you the best, in good health!!

author : Stacey Becker
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